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Rockets vs. Pistons preview: CP3 must dominate

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 07: Eric Gordon
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 07: Eric Gordon

The Rockets will be playing their 3rd game without James Harden tonight against the Pistons.

The Houston Rockets (27-10) are coming off of a loss two nights ago to the Golden State Warriors. They were able to hold their own for most of the game, but the lack of James Harden proved to be too much at the end.

They will travel to Detroit to play the Pistons (20-17). The Pistons are coming off of an embarrassing 36-point loss to the Philadelphia 76ers just last night.

The Rockets will need to take advantage of the drop in confidence for the Pistons that has seen them drop 3 out of their last 4 games. With Jackson out for the Pistons, CP3 will need to lead the charge on both ends of the court. Let’s take a look at the rest of the injury report:

Injury Report

James Harden, of course, remains out for the Rockets. He joins a list of injured Rockets for tonight that includes Luc Mbah a Moute and Troy Williams along with Nene Hilario.

The Pistons also have one of their guards out. Reggie Jackson is hurt with a grade 3 ankle sprain. Jon Leuer also remains out with an ankle injury. Stanley Johnson is questionable with a hip injury.

Projected Starting 5


Chris Paul/Eric Gordon/Trevor Ariza/Ryan Anderson/Clint Capela


Ish Smith/Avery Bradley/Reggie Bullock/Tobias Harris/Andre Drummond

Potentially: Anthony Tolliver over Bullock

Keys to victory

Clint Capela is in for a battle against Andre Drummond. He will need to hold his ground and hit the boards hard.

The Pistons are coming off of a 36-point loss just last night. The Rockets need to take advantage of their weakened state and get this win.

Chris Paul needs to have a fairly good night against Ish Smith and the backup guards of Detroit. He had a great game against the Warriors, dropping 28 points and 9 assists.

Can Gerald Green keep it going tonight yet again? The Rockets will need his production off of the bench. He was just guaranteed his full contract after the Warriors game where he dropped 29 points.

Be sure to tune into the game at 6 p.m. CT! It will be on AT&T Sportsnet SW. Follow us on Twitter for a live-tweeting of the game!

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